Full name Neil Wagner
Born March 13, 1986, Pretoria, Transvaal
Current age 29 years 140 days
Major teams New Zealand, New Zealand A, Northerns, Otago
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm medium-fast
|Test debut||West Indies v New Zealand at North Sound, Jul 25-29, 2012 scorecard|
|Last Test||New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Christchurch, Dec 26-29, 2014 scorecard|
|First-class debut||North West v Northerns at Potchefstroom, Jan 19-21, 2006 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Somerset v New Zealanders at Taunton, May 8-11, 2015 scorecard|
|List A debut||North West v Northerns at Potchefstroom, Jan 22, 2006 scorecard|
|Last List A||Central Districts v Otago at New Plymouth, Jan 28, 2015 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Otago v Canterbury at Dunedin, Feb 4, 2009 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Otago v Wellington at Dunedin, Jan 8, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|16*, 2/17, 13*, 1/51||N Zealanders||v Worcs||Worcester||14 May 2015||Other|
|29, 2/41, 4, 1/60||N Zealanders||v Somerset||Taunton||8 May 2015||FC|
|24, 1/65, 4, 0/48||Otago||v Auckland||Auckland||1 Apr 2015||FC|
|4/83, 0, 0/31, 22*||Otago||v Canterbury||Dunedin||25 Mar 2015||FC|
|1/76, 3, 1/91, 6*||Otago||v Auckland||Dunedin||9 Mar 2015||FC|
|5/73, 16, 1/64||Otago||v Wellington||Queenstown||28 Feb 2015||FC|
|2/69, 23, 4/90||Otago||v Wellington||Wellington||16 Feb 2015||FC|
|5/92||Otago||v Central D||Invercargill||6 Feb 2015||FC|
|2/34, 12||Otago||v Central D||New Plymouth||28 Jan 2015||LA|
|4/60, 20*||Otago||v Northern D||Queenstown||24 Jan 2015||LA|
A left-arm seamer, Neil Wagner is among several South African-born recruits plying their trade in New Zealand. Although not express pace, Wagner's strength is his ability to swing the ball. Once known only for his new-ball exploits, Wagner has added reverse swing to his repertoire to become a more complete bowler, capable of taking wickets even in unhelpful conditions.
Wagner learnt his cricket at Afrikaans High School for Boys in Pretoria and made an impact in his first-class debut in 2005-06 for Northerns, taking two four-wicket hauls. He then toured Zimbabwe and Bangladesh with the National Academy side in 2006-07, and even fielded as the twelfth man in two Tests in Centurion. Despite finishing as the highest overall wicket-taker in the 2006-07 Provincial Challenge (39 wickets), Wagner had to look at other options due to the quota system. While in England, he nearly landed a contract with Sussex, but opted to try his luck in New Zealand following positive feedback from Canterbury players. The move turned out to be an excellent one as Wagner took 21 wickets for Otago in his opening season, but easily bettered it thereafter: in 2010-11 he was the leading wicket-taker in the Plunket Shield, and in the next season he again topped the charts with 46 wickets at 26.32. A national call-up came soon, when he was named in New Zealand's Test squad for the West Indies tour in 2012.
Papua New Guinea's attractive team kit at the World T20 Qualifier, cool cap included, caught our attention. What's your favourite of them all?
On Sunday, Tillakaratne Dilshan became the 11th batsman to score 10,000-plus ODI runs. Here are the key numbers from his ODI career
Former Australia fast bowler Damien Fleming on bowling in thrilling World Cup semi-finals, mastering the subcontinent, and taking on Tendulkar
The failure of anyone other than Chris Rogers to cope with the conditions at Edgbaston was another worrying sign of Australian fallibility abroad
Quite a few of England's players over the years have been born outside England. Do you know where?
Australia's selectors and management have been accused of being too harsh on Brad Haddin but the team's horrible display at Edgbaston suggests that they may actually have been too lenient, and not just on him
Since the beginning of 2012, Ian Bell averages 34.69 when batting in the top six; among regular top-order batsmen, only Shane Watson has a lower average
What makes this innocuous-seeming bowler so difficult to handle?
Death of a Gentleman exposes how neo-liberal economics threatens the game, while also hinting at worse lying beneath the surface, leaving you feeling disillusioned and angry
Should he be dropped from the one-day squad to Zimbabwe, it will be the latest chapter in the wicketkeeper's strained relations with the authorities in particular